Take a First Day Hike at a Florida State Park on Jan 1

Walking on the beach can change your perspective. There's nothing better than being at the beach on the first day of a new year. First Day Hikes offered by Florida State Parks are a great way to get outside, exercise, enjoy nature and welcome the New Year with friends and family - or a solitary sojourn.

There are hundreds of First Day Hikes sponsored at state parks across the country on New Year's Day - but you'll find no better place than our state parks right here in and around South Walton!  

Padgett Park Honors Walton County's Fallen Soldiers

Padgett Park is named after Timothy Padgett, a decorated Special Forces medical sergeant from Walton County who died in the line of duty in Afghanistan in 2007 when his unit came under attack.

Padgett's mother, Glenda Penton, says the park is everything she dreamed of and is glad to know it will carry on the memory of her son. "I hope it will continue Tim’s legacy and to know that there's been some supreme sacrifice as well."

South Walton Shorebird Season Report

If you've been to one of South Walton's state parks this season, you  might have noticed extra activity along the shore in low-lying dune areas. We have some very special visitors to our shores and this story and photos by our friend Jeff Talbert, Park Services Specialist at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park, is welcome information about our feathered friends.


It's a Spring Thing at Camp Helen State Park April 6

The Third Annual "It's a Spring Thing" event takes place April 6 from 10am-2pm at the beautiful location of Camp Helen State Park, and is presented by the Department of Environmental Protection, the park and Friends of Camp Helen State Park. The event is a fun, interactive experience that promotes a variety of activities and resources available in Walton County, Bay County and the surrounding areas.

Earth Day Festival & 5K Race at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

Come celebrate Earth Day in Walton County on April 20, 2013 at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park!! This festival is free to the public and will feature environmental education exhibits and hands-on activities, children’s programs, cooking demos and MORE! Organizations are invited to participate in this fun-filled event, now in its fifth year, attracting over 600 visitors yearly.


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